Mangum-Howell Center’s March Calendar

Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Mangum-Howell Center is located in Doss Park, at 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-591-7830, or visit

Anyone requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Mangum-Howell Center. An adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Child care is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility, and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate.

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Free Adult Archery Class
Tuesdays, March 5 through April 30, at 9 a.m.

Ready, aim, shoot! Are you looking for something free and fun to do this fall? Sign up to learn the basics of archery and archery safety at this full service, outdoor range. Bows, arrows, targets, and arm guards are provided. Registration is required. Space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot in the class. To register, come by the Center or call 281-591-7830.

AARP Tax Aide
March 5 through April 10
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m.

AARP tax-aide volunteers will provide free income tax assistance for low and middle-income individuals at Mangum-Howell Center. Each appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes. Participants must bring their 2017 tax returns and 2018 tax documents to the Center. Please remove documents from envelopes and organize them prior to the appointment. Call (281) 591-7830.

Free Movie and Popcorn Featuring La La Land
Friday, March 8, at 1 p.m.

La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
Unlimited popcorn and drinks, padded seating, big screen TV, and surround sound make this a true theater experience! Call or come by the Center to reserve your seat! Rated PG-13; 2 hrs. 8 min.

BBQ and Bingo Luncheon
Tuesday, March 12, at noon

This popular luncheon combines two Mangum-Howell favorites … BBQ and bingo! The menu includes barbecue chicken and sausage, potato salad, cucumber salad, homemade bread, and dessert, along with unlimited iced tea and coffee. Then, stay to play bingo with lots of prizes.

An $8 per person donation is requested and payable in advance when you register in the office. Checks are payable to Doss Advisory Council and should be mailed to Precinct 4’s Mangum-Howell Center at 2500 Frick Road, Houston, Texas 77038. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 8.

Sassy Red Hatters
Tuesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m.

The Red Hat Society is a global society of women that connects, supports, and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness. The Mangum-Howell
Sassy Red Hatters is an active, fun-loving group of ladies, ages 50 and better, who follow this mission statement! They meet the second Tuesday of every month immediately following the
Center’s monthly luncheon to plan a variety of day trips and social events. If you are looking for a sassy way to enrich your social life, attend the monthly meeting.

April Trips Sign Up
Thursday, March 14, at 8:30 a.m.

Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation is provided for individuals 50 years and better through Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program. Buses will pick up and drop off participants at the Center for the following April trips:

Friday, April 5, at 9 a.m. – No Label Brewing Company and Katy Mills Mall, Katy. There is no cost. Lunch is on your own at Katy Mills Mall.
Thursday, April 25, at 8 a.m. – Texas Polka Music Museum, Schulenburg. The cost is $2 per person. Lunch is on your own at Oakridge Smokehouse.

Save a Life, Learn CPR
Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn how to relieve choking, use an AED defibrillator, and provide CPR and first aid during emergencies. Lorraine Hibbert, a certified instructor through the American Heart Association, leads this class for ages 14 years and older. She has 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and has been a CPR instructor for the association for 10 years. The two-year certification fee is $20. Participants must pay by money order to The H Factor. This course is not for health care professionals, and space is limited. Certificates will be emailed to participants.

Thursday, March 21, at 1 p.m.

Each player is asked to bring a nominal prize (not to exceed $5). Please note: No cash prizes, gift certificates, gift cards, lottery tickets, or U.S. postage stamps may be used as prizes.

AARP Safe Driving Course
Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reduce your car insurance by as much as 10 percent by completing AARP’s Safe Driving Course. This class cannot be used for ticket dismissal. Certificates are awarded upon course completion. The required course fee for AARP members is $15, or $20 for non-members. Checks are payable to AARP. Registration is required, so please call or come by the Center to reserve your spot.

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Rhythm Walking
Weekdays at 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Start or end your day with a 2 ½-mile walk to music in the comfort of the Center.

Zumba® Fitness
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 6 p.m.

Zumba® Step
Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Zumba Sentao™
Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m.

A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended. This class is limited to participants ages 13 and older. All participants under the age of 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age.

Mondays at 9 a.m.

Take this opportunity to quilt, share ideas, and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters. All skill levels are welcome.

Beginning Line Dancing
Mondays at 12:30 p.m.

A talented volunteer teaches popular line dances. Participants should wear light-colored, rubber-soled shoes. A partner is not needed.

Dart Baseball
Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Throw darts at a corkboard baseball diamond and keep score just like a real baseball game! No skills are needed to join the team – just a willingness to try.

Chair Volleyball
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Individuals 50 years and better are invited to play beachball volleyball from the comfort of their chair. This all-inclusive game promotes fitness and friendship in a fun atmosphere.

Hatha Yoga
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)

A certified instructor teaches yoga methods to help achieve physical and mental harmony as well as emotional and spiritual peace. A non-skid yoga mat is required.

Urban Line Dancing
Mondays at 7 p.m.
Beginners and Seniors: Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Join this volunteer-led class that exercises both the body and mind with choreographed steps to jazz, pop, hip-hop, or rhythm-and-blues music. A partner is not needed.

Sit and Be Fit Exercise
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)

This exercise class is designed to help people who suffer from arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness.

Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch

Learn how to prepare, paint, glaze, and fire a variety of greenware pieces. There is no cost to fire pieces, and only those pieces painted by students during class may be fired. Students must provide their own supplies for the class.

Beginning Sewing
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

A volunteer instructor teaches beginning sewing classes, which cover basic machine stitches, measuring, combining and interchanging patterns, and seam finishing. While the Center has several machines for student use, participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine to become familiar with how it operates.

Woodworking Group
Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)

Learn how to design patterns and use various tools to build stunning creations. Bring your own supplies; equipment is provided.

Zentangle Art and Adult Coloring Book Class
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

A volunteer instructor teaches basic Zentangle designs using black ink on white paper for an easy-to learn, relaxing, and fun craft. Participants should bring ultra-fine black markers and paper to class. The instructor also uses the color wheel to teach students how colors work together to create beautiful works of art. Bring your favorite coloring book, coloring pencils, crayons, or markers. Whichever medium you prefer, you will feel the anxiety and stress slip away as you design or color.

Yuanji-Dance Class
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Led by a volunteer instructor, Yuanji-Dance (Chinese Aerobics) is derived from Yuanji-Gong, a kind of dance combining Chi-Gong, Tai-Chi, medicine, martial arts, and Yuanji music. In recent years, Yuanji-Dance has become one of the most popular exercises in the Chinese community.

Beginning Knitting and Crocheting
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Share knitting and crocheting techniques with other seasoned veterans.

Cards and Dominoes
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Bring a partner or attend alone and try your hand at a variety of card games or dominoes.

Ten-Form Integral T’ai Chi
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Volunteers instruct participants in a combination of exercise, breathing, relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques. A non-skid yoga mat is required.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
Thursdays at 9 a.m.

This support group offers nutritional information and encouragement to help control weight.

Beginning and Intermediate Bridge Lessons
Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Volunteer instructors teach the basics of American Standard Bridge. Learn about counting tricks, bidding, analyzing your hand, scoring, and more.

Duplicate Bridge
Thursdays at noon

Enjoy an afternoon of American Standard Duplicate Bridge in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.